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Manga Review: LDK, Vol 3

ldk-3Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend
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Nishimori has finally started to come to terms with her feelings for Shusei, but she can never seem to find the right moment to tell him. Will the an overnight school trip finally present the perfect opportunity? While Nishimori struggles for the perfect “shoujo manga” romance moment, Shusei’s flirtatious brother throws a very unwelcome wrench in the budding couple’s plans.

Story

With this third volume, I am convinced that LDK cannot possibly be taking itself seriously.

I’ve mentioned before that LDK checks of shoujo cliches with reckless abandon, kind of like watching a trainwreck, but in this particular volume we get the overnight school trip, the hot teacher, the “let’s get closer” angle, and the creepy older brother all rolled into literally four chapters. I don’t expect a ton of depth here, but the story and the plot moves at such breakneck speed that it destroys any ounce of buildup that you may have had. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this in every review — and at this rate will continue to do so — but I am amazed that this series somehow lasts for 18 volumes. At some point Watanabe has got to run out of cliches — right?

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Manga Review: LDK, Vol 2

LDK 2Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: December 12, 2015
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend
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Just when things seem to be headed somewhere, Aoi is shocked to find her pretty boy roommate Shusei in the arms of another woman. Has Aoi underestimated Shusei’s feelings after all? And who is the new boy that seems to have taken an interest in Aoi? Aoi and Shusei’s red hot romance looks to quickly be headed for some major bumps; will Shusei finally pack his bags and go?

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Manga Review: LDK, Vol 1

LDK 1Author: Ayu Watanabe
Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US) / Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Original Magazine: Bessatsu Friend
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Pretty boy Shusei Kugayama may be the good looking “prince” of Aoi Nishimori’s high school, but to her he’s just the rude guy that broke her friend’s heart. Needless to say Nishimori is far from his biggest fan, but finding out that Kugayama is also her neighbor certainly doesn’t help matters — until the pair become roommates! How can Nishimori hide her new roommate from her friend (and the rest of the school), as well as her changing feelings? Continue reading Manga Review: LDK, Vol 1

Manga Review: Livingstone, Vol 1

LivingstoneTitle: Livingstone, Vol 1
Author: Tomohiro Maekawa / Jinsei Kataoka (Art)
Genre: Seinen, Drama
Publisher: Kodansha (US)/ Kodansha (JP)
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Original Magazine: Morning
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Despite being from the creator of Deadman Wonderland — at least the art, anyway — Livingstone seemed oddly overlooked when it was released early last month. Here we have a duo that deals strictly in death — the more serious-minded Sakurai and the boyish Amano. Together, they visit folks on the edge of very personal, final choice, and attempt to literally save their souls. Was this quiet, under the radar series worth taking for a spin?

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Manga Review: Flowers & Bees, Vol 1

Flowers and BeesTitle: Flowers & Bees, Vol 1
Author: Moyoco Anno
Genre: Seinen, Comedy, Drama
Publisher: Viz (US)/  Kodansha (JP)
Original Magazine: Young Magazine
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I’m right in the demographic for the majority of her female-focused works, but Moyoco Anno is one of those manga artists who tends to be hit or miss for me. Sometimes her series read like a gut punch, too close to home to readily read again, like In Clothes Called Fat. Others I can nod my head and relate to as I’m reading, but they don’t leave a lasting impression. Viz’s 2003 release of the seven volume seinen series Flowers and Bees may just be the Anno sweet spot I need for her to stick permanently in my mind.

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